5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, January 16
8:04 AM, Jan 16, 2014
10:18 AM, Jan 16, 2014
TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, January 16.
(1) RecruitMilitary Veteran Job Fair
RecruitMilitary is holding a job fair for veterans and military members at Raymond James Stadium on Thursday.
The event gives veterans, transitioning military personnel, military family members, and members of the National Guard and Reserves to meet face-to-face with veteran-friendly employers that have openings to fill.
Among the dozens companies participating today are Bristol-Myers Squibb, USAA, Northrop Grumman Corp., Lockheed Martin, Bank of America, and SCC Soft Computer.
International best-selling author and leading spokesman on the dangers of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) Jeffrey M. Smith will speak at the University of South Florida on Thursday.
Smith will discuss the health dangers posed by GMOs in the food you are eating and what you can do to avoid them in your diet.
More consumers and customers are becoming concerned about the use of GMOs. Chipotle says it will label all foods that contain GMOs on its menu. Whole Foods will do the same for all of their products.
Last month Florida State Senator Jeremy Ring filed a bill to require the labeling of all products in the state that contain a GMO.
Today's event is being sponsored by GMO-Free Tampa Bay, Food Activists Revolutionizing Meals at USF (FARM), Going Green Tampa and Wellness by Dessa.
Smith will speak at USF's Oval Theatre at Marshall Student Center at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
(3) Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections regional offices open
The Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Office will re-open two regional offices on Thursday.
"When you're the fourth largest county in Florida, smooth elections depend on an educated electorate who know where, when and how to vote," said Craig Latimer, Supervisor of Elections. "Our regional offices provide an added source of information and convenience for all Hillsborough County residents."
The two regional offices are located in the Westgate Shopping Center at 12022 Anderson Road in Tampa and in the Riverview Town Center at 10439 Gibsonton Drive in Riverview.
The regional offices will be open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. County residents can use the offices to register tor vote, update their registration information, sign up for Vote By Mail ballots, or add their name to a list of potential poll workers.
Hillsborough County's next countywide elections are the Primary Election on August 26. For more information on voting and elections the county, call (813) 744-5900 or visit
(4) Jerry Lewis: The King of Comedy
Comic legend Jerry Lewis will take the stage at The Lakeland Center for a career retrospective on Thursday night.
The world-renowned performer will share a lifetime of memories, stories and laughter. Even at 86 years of age, the King of Comedy can still entertain audiences.
Lewis was the top box office star in the world from 1952 to 1956 with Dean Martin and by himself from 1957 to 1964. He is also famous for hosting the MDA Labor Day Telethon for decades.
The Tampa Bay Lightning host the New York Islanders at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Thursday night.
The Lightning are coming off a three game road trip that saw them beat the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers.
Tampa Bay goaltender is 9-0-2 in 12 starts since his last regulation loss on December 3 at Columbus. He made 34 saves in the Lightning's 2-1 win Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
The win allowed the Bolts to tie the Boston Bruins atop the Atlantic Division with 60 points.
The Islanders remain in last place in the Metropolitan Division with 43 points. New York lost to the Florida Panthers 4-2 Tuesday night in Sunrise. The loss snapped the team's seven-game road running streak.
The opening faceoff tonight is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit